Have you just received an email or a call from the HR department of your dream company regarding an interview? If so, congratulations! Getting shortlisted for an interview is good but it’s just the first round of interview. You need to make sure that you’re not going to enter the premises of your dream company for the first and the last time.
It’s normal to experience anxiety and sleeplessness before your job interview. In fact, the majority of job applicants suffer from job interview fear or phobia but how they overcome this fear makes all the difference. For most of the jobs, your interview performance determines your chances of landing your dream job. It’s the first and often the only chance to leave a great first impression. An interview gives you an opportunity to sell yourself as the best candidate for the applied job position. So, if you want to bag your dream job, here are some effective tips to look confident and successfully crack a job interview.
Get to Know the Company
Ideally, you should begin your preparation by researching the company. It is very easy for the interviewers to find out how well you know their organization. If you just Googled the company a few minutes before the interview, your interviewer is going to find it out. And this will leave an awful impression because the interviewer will assume that you’re blindly applying for several positions at every other company. So, make sure you do your homework by looking at the company website, press releases, business partners, social media accounts, organizational history, product/services, and more. All this information will make you look more confident during the interview and will create an impression that you’re genuinely interested in the job position.
Update Your Resume
The next important step is to modify your resume to match the job description. This doesn’t mean to provide false information but to include the right keywords. It is essential that you carefully read the job description and include the mentioned skills such as “detail-oriented” and “organized” in your CV. The purpose is the match your skills with the job description. However, remember that you will be asked questions on this during the interview, so be prepared for that. You may also explain each skill by mentioning how you used the particular trait/skill in your previous job. While updating your resume, never mention anything which is not true because the interviewer is going to find it out.
Correct Body Language
If you really want to make a lasting impression, you must pay attention to your body language. Sometimes, even the most qualified and experienced candidates fail to crack an interview because of wrong body language. Your body language is a powerful tool that helps to send the right messages through movements and expressions. Postures and body movements are unconscious forms of expression and interviews pay close attention to it. Your gestures and movements can tell a lot about your personality. So, make sure you dress properly, sit straight, look in the eyes of the interviewer, and speak confidently.